Community gardens mark Rotary’s 50th

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Two NEW community gardens are being created in Kirriemuir to mark the 50th anniversary of the local Rotary Club.

To celebrate last year’s milestone, the club was eager to embark on an ambitious project which would have a lasting benefit to the Kirriemuir community.

With the help of Angus Council and the Health Centre, two sites have been identified within the town for development into community gardens.

The larger site is next to the Health Centre in Kirriemuir and consists of approximately half an acre of ground which extends down to the Gairie Burn. The second site is a walled piece of land in Rosefield Gardens, behind Lyall Court and opposite the library.

A Rotary Club spokesman said: “With some financial assistance from Angus Council, the club has been able to employ a garden architect to design these gardens.

“These two projects are quite different but, if they get the support from the community, then we see no reason why both cannot continue to conclusion.

“This is an extremely ambitious but exciting project and we hope to get the community’s support for it.

“It is anticipated that a community trust (or similar) will be set up, with the help of the Rotary Club of Kirriemuir and, more importantly, involving representative members of the local community to ensure that the projects are sustainable. We are looking for “doers and organisers!”

To take this forward, there will be a meeting for anyone interested in these projects in the Lesser Town Hall on Thursday, November 8, at 7.30 p.m. when further information will be given about the proposals and questions can be asked by the public.

The meeting will be looking for support, or otherwise, from those attending to ascertain if there is a demand for these facilities within Kirriemuir.

Assuming the support is very strong then the projects will progress to the next stage of their development.

The Rotary Club is, therefore, inviting any party who has an interest in horticulture and gardening to go along to this meeting as their input into the project will be valued.

The club is also seeking volunteers who are interested in physically looking after the gardens as they must be sustainable within the community and not have to rely upon the Rotary Club or the council in the future.

This is an open invitation to members of the public to attend the meeting, see what the proposals currently are, add to the ideas that are already in place and generally confirm their enthusiasm for these projects.

Should anyone require further information about the meeting they should contact Keith Hopkins on 07715052718 or Bill Keillor on 07803 285163.